The Lusaka City Council says it has intensified its fight against illegal beer trading in markets and bus stations in the city.
Council Public Relations Officer Henry Kapata says a combined team of council and state police will soon move in to confiscate all liquor brands being sold in market places, because the practice is against the New Market Act.
Mr. Kapata told ZANIS in an interview that the council has in the past few days conducted inspections in Lusaka’s Kaunda Square Stage One and Two and Kabwata markets, where the council closed eight shops and confiscated alcoholic beverages.
Mr. Kapata said that the problem was rampant in Kaunda Square Stage Two, adding that his team will continue closing illegal taverns and pubs, in an effort to correct the situation.
Mr. Kapata has further advised opaque beer breweries to scrutinize their clients’ wholesale traders licenses
to ascertain whether they are authentic or not and to also find out where their retailers sell the opaque beer.
He said the city council would soon sought assistance from the Lusaka liquor licensing Board to revoke trading permits granted to all traders who will be found flouting bye-laws governing the operations of beer halls.
Mr. Kapata additionally warned bus conductors selling brandy, tota-packs in mini-buses, adding that the council was aware of the trend and that the culprits caught would be dealt with severely.